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Times in Japan Standard Time.6 Comments
I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.5 Comments
Motohiro Shima complained of lower back pain this morning and was later taken off the active roster. The Rakuten Eagles decided to take him off the active roster because they felt he would not be able to play in any games for at least about a week.0 Comments
Yuki Karakawa earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Kyuji Fujikawa left tonight’s game against Chunichi after he took a batted ball off his right hand.
Yohei Oshima lead-off the ninth inning by hitting a ball back up the middle. Fujikawa reacted by sticking out his right hand. The ball struck the hand and bounced toward Fumiya Hojo at short. Hojo fielded the ball and just got Oshima out at first.
Fujikawa left the field for treatment but did not return.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/20170 Comments
Yuki Yanagita left tonight’s game against Orix after a hit-by-pitch during his second plate appearance in the top of the third inning. The ball hit Yanagita near the back of his left knee. He remained in the game and received treatment after the inning ended, but did not return to the field to play defense.
[UPDATE 4/29 @ 7:18pm]
Yanagita was hit in the left hamstring. He still has some swelling in the area. He was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. He played some catch but did not take batting practice during pre-game practices today. The Softbank Hawks are not planning to take him off the active roster.
Source: Sponichi 4/29/20170 Comments
Dean Green suffered a strain in his left calf during fielding practices on April 23. He could end up missing quite a bit of time.
The Yakult Swallows signed Green as insurance for Kazuhiro Hatakeyama. However, due to roster restrictions, he was stuck at Ni-gun. There were plans to call Green up when they decided to take Ross Ohlendorf off the active roster on April 23, but those plans changed when he suffered the injury on the same day.
Source: ZakZak 4/28/20170 Comments
The game ended at around 10:05pm and lasted 4h02m. Attendance was announced at 20,000. Closing ceremonies were canceled due to the time.
Waseda Jitsugyo won its ninth championship, first in thirty-five years.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.
Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.
On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.0 Comments
Hamamatsu Kaiseikan announced on April 26 that they hired former Kintetsu Buffalo Norihiro Nakamura as a part-time coach for their high school team. He got the job because he is acquainted with the school’s baseball manager Kokoro Sano (they both started their professional careers after they were selected during the 1991 draft).
Nakamura earned his license to coach students last year in February. He will be coaching players on hitting and fielding one to two times a month.0 Comments
According to Sports Hochi:
The Nippon Ham Fighters have been through five double-digit losing streaks in the team’s history:
The Fighters are the third team in NPB history to go on a ten-game losing streak during the year after they finished in first place. The other two teams: 1961 Taiyo (eleven-game losing streak) and 1976 Hiroshima (eleven-game losing streak).
Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/20170 Comments
Eigoro Mogi did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Park Miaygi because of pain in his left heel. He suffered the injury while running the bases during the Lotte game on April 25.
[UPDATE 4/28 @ 7:32pm]
Mogi is expected to return to the starting line-up on April 29.
Source: Daily Spots 4/28/20170 Comments